Sapphire 2021.5 for Avid macOS

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To Download and install:

  1. Make sure you have one or more of the following Avid products:
Media Composer   8.0 or greater
  1. Make sure you are running Mac OS X 10.13 or greater.
  2. Quit your Avid software if it is running. If you have an older version of Sapphire v6 through v14.0 you do not need to un-install it. The new installation will just replace it without removing any existing serial number.
  3. Download and run the installer.

Follow the instructions given by the installer. When it asks for your username and password, just enter your Mac user login password.

Sapphire v14.5 should load all old sequences saved with older Sapphire versions, including v1 - v14.0.

Sapphire 14.5 is an AVX2 plug-in. Avid has deprecated support for the old AVX1 interface, but AVX2 plug-ins can read old sequences saved with AVX1 plug-ins.

When you restart your Avid software, the new version v14.5 plug-ins should appear in the Effect Palette in the Sapphire categories. You can simply use these effects just as you would any other effect.

For on-line help installed locally on your workstation, go to the Applications folder, double click on GenArtsSapphireAVX and select the online documentation. A “Help” dialog is also provided when using a plug-in, which gives information about that plug-in currently being used.


This software may use the Qt user interface framework. Qt is distributed under the terms of the Lesser GNU Public License (LGPL), Version 2.1; see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl-2.1.html for more details. The source code for Qt is available here


What’s New in Sapphire 2021.5

New Features

  • Support for new After Effects Multi-Frame Rendering pipeline on most Sapphire Effects.

  • Native support for Mac M1 machines in Premiere Beta.

  • Improved Rays and EdgeRays: These effects now have parameters allowing the rays to be blurred before they are combined with the background.

  • Performance Improvements and Bug Fixes in Preset Browser, Sapphire Effect Builder, and Flare Designer.

  • New LensFlares.

  • LensFlare: Improved flare consistency between thumbnails and the Flare Designer.

  • Improved Mocha: Improved Dope Sheet.